Coldplay ‘looking at’ bailout for Kids Company project

Band had donated a reported £10 million to the controversial charity

Coldplay are reportedly in talks to bail out a programme run by defunct charity Kids Company.

The controversial charity, founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh CBE (see photo above), was shut down last week after allegations of financial mismanagement. It is also being investigated by the Metropolitan Police’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation & Child Abuse Command.

The band have long been supporters of Kids Company and their Treehouse project, which offered “practical and emotional support for exceptionally vulnerable children, their families and young people”. According to The Guardian, Coldplay donated £10 million to the charity in the past.

The band’s manager, Phil Harvey, has said that the band are “proud” of the programme’s work and are interested in financially supporting the scheme.

“It’s very early stages, but we’re not going to give up on the centre without looking at all options for the future,” Harvey said.


Meanwhile, the lineup for this year’s Global Citizen Festival was recently announced, with Coldplay among the headliners.

The festival, which celebrates its fourth instalment, will take place at the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York on September 26.

The one-day event is curated by Coldplay’s Chris Martin and will include performances from Ed Sheeran, Pearl Jam and Beyonce.